“It’s Obama that’s responsible for this fear in America” Reply

By Tom Quiner

I go to Las Vegas every year on business. I’ve been going there regularly since 1980. One can’t help but notice the impact real estate developer, Steve Wynn, has had on this gambling mecca of America.

He built The Mirage, Treasure Island, The Bellagio, and The Wynn in Vegas alone, and has developed properties in Atlantic City and Mississippi as well.

Mr. Wynn is an entrepreneur. He has used his entrepreneurial genius to become a billionaire as he has created tens of thousands of jobs in America either directly or indirectly.

He is a Democrat.

His political affiliation is relevant in light of his recent critical comments, that “this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime.”

Mr. Wynn makes things happen. He tells us he will not make things happen as long as Mr. Obama sits in the White House.  He characterizes the President’s thinking as a “weird political philosophy,” that “it’s Obama that’s responsible for this fear in America.”

He pulls no punches, telling us that “…until he’s gone, everybody’s going to be sitting on their thumbs.”

Mr. Wynn’s assessment of Obamanomics is worth reading in its entirety:

“Well, here’s our problem. There are a host of opportunities for expansion in Las Vegas, a host of opportunities to create tens of thousands of jobs in Las Vegas. I know that I could do 10,000 more myself and according to the Chamber of Commerce and the Visitors Convention Bureau, if we hired 10,000 employees, it would create another 20,000 additional jobs for a grand total of 30,000.

I believe in Las Vegas. I think its best days are ahead of it. But I’m afraid to do anything in the current political environment in the United States. You watch television and see what’s going on, on this debt ceiling issue. And what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President and nothing’s going to get fixed until the President himself steps up and wrangles both parties in Congress.

But everybody is so political, so focused on holding their job for the next year that the discussion in Washington is nauseating. And I’m saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime.

And I can prove it and I could spend the next 3 hours giving you examples of all of us in this market place that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right. A President that seems — that keeps using that word redistribution.

Well, my customers and the companies that provide the vitality for the hospitality and restaurant industry, in the United States of America, they are frightened of this administration. And it makes you slow down and not invest your money.

Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America. You bet. And until we change the tempo and the conversation from Washington, it’s not going to change. And those of us who have business opportunities and the capital to do it are going to sit in fear of the President.

And a lot of people don’t want to say that. They’ll say, “Oh God, don’t be attacking Obama.” Well, this is Obama’s deal, and it’s Obama that’s responsible for this fear in America. The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution, and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don’t invest or holding too much money. We haven’t heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists.

Everybody’s afraid of the government, and there’s no need to soft peddling it, it’s the truth. It is the truth. And that’s true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans. And I’m telling you that the business community in this company is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he’s gone, everybody’s going to be sitting on their thumbs.”


Do we need to eliminate desire to eliminate suffering? Reply

By Tom Quiner

Bhuddism suggests that we need to eliminate desire to eliminate suffering.

Famed philosopher and Christian apologist, Dr. Peter Kreeft, suggests that, in fact, it is human desire that leads us to God.

Food for thought, isn’t it? Listen to Dr. Kreeft’s two minute case for desire.

The debt crisis for dummies 3

By Tom Quiner

Liberals, the media, and even some moderates and conservatives are beginning to pile on the Republicans for the debt limit crisis. They are falling for the liberal mantra that we’ve got a tax problem, not a spending problem.

A quick recap is in order.

Democrats controlled both houses of Congress from 2006 until last year. During that time, they increased government spending to record levels.

During that time, they added a new health insurance entitlement which will increase America’s debt load over the decades to come according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Republicans unanimously voted against the new entitlement. Democrats bear full responsibility (or credit, depending on your perspective) for the consequences (benefits) of this expansion in government.

Fearful of the consequences of out-of-control government spending, voters threw Democrats out of office in record numbers in last Fall’s midterm elections.

Sensing voter concern on this issue, President Obama tried to dodge the issue by forming a bi-partisan “Deficit Commission” to come up with solutions to fix the spending mess.

Guess what? The commission said we need to cut spending and implement tax reform. They were adamant:

“The era of debt denial is over, and there can be no turning back. We keep kicking the can down the road and splashing the soup all over our grandchildren.”

The President’s response? He ignored them.

Nancy Pelosi’s response? “Simply unacceptable.” End of story.

Republican’s response?  “This is a provocative proposal, and while we have concerns with some of their specifics, we commend the co-chairs for advancing the debate.”

Republicans took the commission seriously, Democrats didn’t.

Since the midterm elections, one would have thought Congress and the President would take the voter’s mandate for fiscal sustainability seriously.

The President didn’t. His budget in February didn’t begin to address the structural cracks in our entitlement programs. The Democratically-controlled Senate voted it down 97-0. That’s how serious his budget was.

But the Senate didn’t take the mandate seriously either. Democrats there haven’t produced a budget in two years.

The Republican-controlled House did take it seriously and passed a detailed budget that would get us back on track. There’s something in the Republican budget for everyone to hate, but they did the job they were elected to do by taking the political heat with a serious budget.

The Deficit Commission characterized the Republican budget as “a serious, honest, straight-forward approach.” On the other hand, they said the President’s budget “goes nowhere close.”

Now the President is talking about “budget frameworks.” His office is leaking possible fixes for Medicare. So what does the CBO have to say about it?

“We don’t estimate speeches. We need much more specificity than was provided in that speech for us to do our analysis.”

Republicans have laid their plan out there for all the world to see.

Now it’s time for the President and his party to get serious with a specific plan of their own to fix the structural flaws in our entitlement programs and national indebtedness.

Would you trust the President with your political career? 1

By Tom Quiner

The President said:

“This is part of the problem with a political process where folks are rewarded for saying irresponsible things to win elections or obtain short-term political gain, when we actually are in a position to try to do something hard we haven’t always laid the groundwork for.”

So the President is critical of short-sighted politicians (Republicans) trying to game the system for political gain.

The next day, the President said he can’t guarantee that there will be enough money in the treasure to pay social security recipients if Congress (Republicans) can’t find ways (increase taxes) to decrease the deficit.

He said that the next day!

The National Review reveals, though, that the Treasury has a cash balance of $74 billion.

The amount need to pay social security recipients on August 3rd is $22 billion.

The money is there.

The President didn’t shoot straight with us for the purpose of extracting short term political gain, the very thing he derided on Monday.

Republicans have put their political career on the line to honor their mandate from last election to reduce spending without raising taxes. Voters put Republicans back in office because we fear we are on the brink of financial collapse if we don’t live within our means by reducing government spending.

The President is playing politics with our country’s future while America is burning. His fear mongering with Granny poisons the well in these delicate negotiations.

Republicans have done the honorable thing. They produced a budget. The House passed their budget. Democrats in the Senate, on the other hand, have refused to produce their own budget.

They’d prefer to demagogue the issue, even if it means throwing the U.S. into bankruptcy.

Some moderates are railing against Republicans for not accepting the President’s deal to increase some taxes and implement a little spending restraint down the road.

The problem is, the President can’t be trusted.

Would you trust the President with your political career?

Does an abortion hurt? Reply

By Tom Quiner

Does an abortion hurt?

Does it matter if it hurts?  After all, the Iowa legislature refused to stop abortions after 20 weeks of conception even though the we now know that the fetus feels pain at 20 weeks.

For a unique perspective on the pain of abortion, you have a chance to hear from someone who is an abortion survivor, Melissa Ohden. She is the keynote speaker at Iowan’s for Life Dinner this Saturday at St. Pius Catholic Church beginning at 6:30 PM.  Here is the bio on Ms. Ohden as provided by Iowans for Life:

“Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life and being born at approximately six months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived.

With a Master’s Degree in Social work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling and child welfare. Melissa is the Founder and Director of “For Olivia’s Sake”, an organization which seeks to peacefully raise awareness of the intergenerational impact of abortion on men, women, children, families, and communities. Fulfilling the  purpose that she believes God set out for her when He saved her from the certain death of the abortion attempt, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless.”

What strikes me about Ms. Ohden is how she survived and rose above the pain of abortion to make a profound difference in the world.

Imagine what this world would be like if only the 50 million aborted babies (since Roe v Wade) had lived. Imagine the medicines, the music, the poetry, the inventions. Imagine the love.

Contact Iowans for Life at 515-255-4113 if you’d like to attend.  Or e-mail them at iowansforlife@msn.com. The price is $20 per person, and seating is limited.

In the meantime, watch the video above for Melissa’s story.

Human life is precious. Melissa Ohden is living proof.